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1. Millington Leaders Emphasize Unique School System -

For much of the move to the demerger of public education in Shelby County, the Millington Municipal Schools district has been overshadowed by the five other suburban school systems.

All six formed starting in January and three weeks ago opened for classes, but Millington school system leaders, principals, teachers and civic leaders didn’t have their opening celebration until this past weekend, the day after the Millington Central High School Trojans beat the Germantown Red Devils in the first weekend of high school football.

2. Easter Named to Tennessee Appeals Court Bench -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has named Circuit Judge Timothy Lee Easter of Brentwood to fill a criminal appeals court vacancy created by the retirement of Jerry L. Smith.

3. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

4. UT Welcomes Largest Freshman Class in 3 Decades -

Nearly 4,700 freshmen – the largest first-year class in at least 30 years – will begin classes on Aug. 20 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Overall, about 7,400 students will live on campus this fall, about 300 more than last year. While some students have already moved to campus, the big move-in day begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

5. Developer Tries Again for Highland McDonald’s -

The developer behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis is making another attempt at the project.

According to the most current site plan, the 5,353-square-foot restaurant building is situated along the sidewalk on Highland and a looping drive-thru proposed earlier has been replaced with one that runs along the eastern side of the building.

6. Developers Try Again on Proposed Highland McDonald's -

The developer behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis is making another attempt at the project.

The University Neighborhood Development Corp. is hosting a meeting Thursday, Aug. 14, with representatives of the development team to discuss a new site plan for the proposed restaurant. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

7. Sentencing Changes Sought for Business Crimes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of drug dealers. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for an arguably less-sympathetic category of defendants: swindlers, embezzlers, insider traders and other white-collar criminals.

8. Music Lounge to Open in Edge District -

The Edge District near Downtown lost a theater but is gaining a new live music lounge in August.

The Dizzy Bird, named after legendary Jazz greats John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker, is slated to open Aug. 2 at 652 Marshall Ave.

9. Local Projects Win State Grant Money -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam handed out five oversized grant checks Wednesday, July 23, on the University of Memphis campus for a total of $1.4 million in grants funding for various pedestrian, park and recreation projects across Shelby County.

10. McKinney Named Branch Manager at Waddell & Reed -

Mack McKinney has been promoted at Waddell & Reed to district branch manager for the Memphis area. McKinney has been with the financial advisory firm for five years, holding management positions for four of those years.
McKinney works to develop field leaders and help financial advisers leverage their strengths and experiences to build successful practices. He serves as mentor to both new and seasoned financial advisers and says he’s committed to building an office that demonstrates the collective passion shared for clients and the community.

11. Cohen-Wilkins Campaign Gets Personal -

In hard-fought political races, candidates try to disrupt the game plan of their rival, change the rules of the contest to their own liking and control the campaign’s narrative.

On the third day of the early voting period in advance of the Aug. 7 election day, that is what both contenders in the 9th District Democratic Congressional primary had come to.

12. University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire -

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its website Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

13. Bankruptcy Filings Drop Below 3,000 -

For the first time since 2011, the number of Memphis-area bankruptcies filed in the second quarter dropped below 3,000.

Between April 1 and June 30, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee saw 2,959 bankruptcies in which the person or business listed a Shelby County address. That’s a 6.4 percent decrease from the 3,164 filed during the second quarter of 2013, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

14. University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire -

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its Web site Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

15. Events -

Rizzo’s Diner and the Memphis Crisis Center will hold a “Less to Wine About Wednesday” fundraiser Wednesday, July 9, at the restaurant, 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. Rizzo’s will donate 25 percent of the day’s profits to the crisis center. Visit rizzosdiner.com.

16. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 8, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Diane Knight, medical center director for the Memphis VA hospital, will speak. Cost is $20 at the door. RSVP to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

17. Events -

Mud Island will host a Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display Friday, July 4, at the park, 125 N. Front St. The park will be open at 10 a.m., and fireworks begin at nightfall. Visit mudisland.com.

18. I Choose Memphis: Airika Wallace Gigas -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Airika Wallace Gigas

19. Residency Dispute Bigger Than Brooks Decision -

What surfaced rapidly in June as a Shelby County Commissioner with a residency problem added to other political problems is a complex legal question – and not just for Commissioner Henri Brooks.

20. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will hold a free season nine community grand opening Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to midnight in its new Overton Square theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Events include performances, tours, concerts and more. Tickets to each event are on a first-come/first-served basis. Visit hattiloo.org/grand-opening-season-9.php for schedule.

21. Events -

Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum and Memphis Public Library will host Steve Cropper, guitarist for Booker T. & the MGs, for a Soul & Blues Brown Bag Series concert and Q&A Friday, June 27, at noon in the amphitheater behind the academy, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Visit staxmuseum.com.

22. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, June 25, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. The guest speakers are Jessica Jackson and Amanda Yuen, administrators at Corning Elementary School, Kiwanis Club of Memphis’ Adopt-a-School. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

23. Roland Challenges Brooks’ Votes -

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland began taking steps last week to make a formal challenge of commission matters that have included votes by Commissioner Henri Brooks.

24. Brooks: Assault Charge Being Used by ‘Detractors’ -

The same day that she announced she was quitting her job at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks’ mug shot on an assault charge wound up on the top row of the front page of “Just Busted.”

25. Brooks Residency Questioned -

The Shelby County Attorney’s office is investigating whether Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks lives in the district she has represented for the last eight years.

And the report to come at a special commission meeting, tentatively set for June 26, could determine whether the commission moves to oust her from the seat and appoint a replacement for the remaining two and a half months of her current term of office.

26. Wilkins Targets Cohen as ‘Career Politician’ -

Ricky Wilkins told a packed campaign headquarters in Poplar Plaza on a busy campaign weekend that U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is waging a dirty campaign while complaining that Wilkins is doing the same.

27. Arrests Mark Turbulent Season for Democrats -

At week’s end, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks and Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson had been arrested within 24 hours of each other on separate charges.

28. Special Prosecutor Named in Brooks Parking Incident -

Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks was charged Thursday, June 12, with assault after a Memphis police investigation of a parking lot argument over a parking space involving Brooks.

Before Brooks was charged Thursday, the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office requested that police forward any report they make to a special prosecutor appointed by the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

29. Medical Makeover -

After suffering from years of benign neglect, a new, more invigorated Memphis Medical Center is finally beginning to take shape.

A drive or walk around the area these days shows the hallmarks of a changing landscape – bulldozers, backhoes, cranes and construction crews working feverishly to forge the new urban environment.

30. Events -

Regional One Health will hold the 2014 Sports Related Brain Injury and Concussion Management Symposium Wednesday, May 7, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital’s Longnotti Auditorium, 5959 Park Ave. Topics include “Mild TBI/Concussion,” “Neuropsychology and Sports Concussion” and “Return to Play After Concussion.” Email cchambers@regionalonehealth.org or call 545-8487 to register.

31. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold a public meeting about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, May 6, at Riverview Community Center, 1891 Kansas St. Drop by for 10 minutes during the open house, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or attend the presentation and Q&A from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

32. Imagination Library Celebrates 20 Million Books to Kids -

The Books From Birth program, originated in Tennessee, marked its 10th anniversary Monday, April 28, in Memphis with its 20 millionth book going to a 3-year-old girl.

Tamera Tynes received an oversized, hardback copy of “The Little Engine That Could,” which was almost as big as she was, from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam.

33. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, April 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

34. Slim’s New Place -

For years, the house at 1130 College St., just north of McLemore Avenue and directly across College from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, has been one of the city’s many musical ruins.

35. Archer-Malmo Adds Staff, Expands Downtown -

For Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo, the story has been consistent, with a trajectory that seems to only go in one direction.

The firm, says CEO Russ Williams, is “on another big growth surge here.”

36. Constantly Commenting Coach -

On the day after a certain university’s basketball team hung in there and won a game, a sports-oriented radio station repeatedly aired an excerpt of an interview with the winning head coach. Here’s a snippet: “We got cold. Couldn’t make any shots. … But I thought our defense was a constant. It was the constant denominator.” The constant what?

37. Redistricting Has Little Effect on Tenn. GOP -

While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

38. One and One for the Morrisseys -

Robin and Darren Morrissey, wife and husband, finished one and one at the 2014 Clinton School Puzzle Festival. That would be first place in crosswords and first place in Sudoku.

39. Redistricting Has Little Effect on Tennessee GOP -

While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

40. Mississippi Governor to Mull Marijuana Oil Proposal -

Mississippi lawmakers are sending Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that would legalize a marijuana oil to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances.

"The governor will review it closely when it reaches his desk," Bryant spokeswoman Nicole Webb said Friday after the bill won final approval in the House and Senate.

41. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet for a Dutch treat lunch Friday, March 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. Nancy Crawford of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will speak. Call 494-8639.

42. Heritage Trail Likely to Continue Despite Rejection -

The plan to demolish the last large public housing development in Memphis and use the demolition as a catalyst for a larger redevelopment of the surrounding area did not make the final cut with federal housing officials in Washington.

43. Judge Tosses Class-Action Push for Google Suit -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A judge has tossed out an effort to win class-action status for a lawsuit accusing Google of violating the privacy terms of email users.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled late Tuesday that too many users have too many dissimilar claims to pursue a single class-action lawsuit that could expose the search engine giant to billions of dollars in potential losses.

44. Events -

Temple Church of God in Christ will host the Conference on Family 2014 Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 2, at the church, 672 S. Lauderdale St. Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, will speak Friday at 7 p.m. Other events include panels, awards and a Sunday worship service. For details, email dahall@templecogic.org or call 351-0903.

45. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with Jana Cardona, executive director of Business Network International, Thursday, Feb. 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Cheffie’s Cafe, 483 High Point Terrace. The topic is “Strategy for Building a Solid Referral Business – Develop Your Referral Marketing Business Plan.” Cost at the door is $20. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

46. High Colorado -

“Friends around the campfire, and everybody’s high.” I cannot but think that John Denver was a prophet after all.

In January, Colorado’s long-running “grass”-roots campaign took another step, as retail marijuana shops started opening. This surely has solidified the movement begun by a 2012 statewide initiative. Fifty-five percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment that reads, in pertinent part,

47. Walker Avenue Remake -

The former Mason YMCA on Walker Avenue near the University of Memphis is getting a new look. The redevelopment of the 11,500-square-foot property is underway and should be complete by the end of the year.

48. Ellis Joins State Systems As Sales Executive -

Alisa Ellis has joined State Systems Inc. as a low voltage sales executive. She brings 16 years of telecommunications experience to the company, which offers protection products and services, including fire protection equipment, training and cleaning services, as well as technology services such as network integration, cabling systems and wireless support.

49. Coley Works Tirelessly To End Human Trafficking -

You may not know it, but human trafficking is a problem in Tennessee. It’s such a problem that Rep. Jim Coley, R-Bartlett, chairman of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, has dedicated his career in office to fight against the crime in his home state.

50. Dunavant Awards Symposium Set for April 21 -

When the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards are given out in April, the University of Memphis will also host the awards’ second annual symposium on public service.

51. January Insurance Sign-Ups Meet Monthly Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – While states are having varying success getting people to sign up, January marked the first time since new health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target was met.

52. Race to Enroll Young and Healthy for New Insurance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a rapidly approaching deadline, the White House and its allies are racing to enroll young people in new insurance plans offered under President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a sweeping effort that underscores how crucial the so-called "young invincibles" are to the measure's success.

53. Nichols Named New Deputy District Attorney -

Jennifer Nichols is the new deputy district attorney general in the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office.

54. Nichols Named New Deputy District Attorney -

Jennifer Nichols is the new deputy district attorney general in the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office.

55. Mulroy Gets in County Mayor’s Race -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy considered a bid for Shelby County mayor for the second time in a year and Monday, Feb. 3, pulled a qualifying petition to enter the Democratic primary just more than two weeks before the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 county primaries.

56. I Choose Memphis: Mickell Lowery -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Mickell Lowery

Job Title and Company: District Sales Manager, FedEx Services

57. Destination: Memphis -

On a slow Sunday afternoon Downtown with the Broncos and Chargers NFL playoff game on a bar TV screen, a trio of 20-somethings – two men and one woman – watched the game, speculated about whether the Grizzlies were playing a few blocks away and quizzed one another about their plans for the future.

58. Events -

Network of Memphis will meet Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Dixie Cafe, 4699 Poplar Ave. The women’s networking organization will host Mark Dean, executive director and CEO of Volunteer Mid-South. RSVP at networkmemphis.org by Friday, Jan. 31, at noon.

59. Events -

Christian Brothers University will host a panel discussion titled “Let’s Talk About Race” Thursday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. in Spain Auditorium at CBU, 650 East Parkway S. A diverse panel of CBU students will discuss their lives and dispel myths. Cost is free. Visit cbu.edu.

60. Barbic: Diversity Not Charter Requirement -

The head of an initiative to turn around Tennessee’s lowest performing schools is being criticized for stating that charter schools shouldn’t be responsible for diversity.

Chris Barbic, who heads the state’s Achievement School District, recently spoke at a forum at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

61. Events -

Literacy is Key: A Book and Author Affair, sponsored by the Memphis Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The program will feature W. Bruce Cameron, Joshilyn Jackson and Molly Crosby. Tickets start at $45; proceeds benefit First Book Mid-South. Visit memphiskkg.org.

62. Barbic: Diversity Not a Requirement of Charter Schools -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The head of an initiative to turn around Tennessee's lowest performing schools is being criticized for stating that charter schools shouldn't be responsible for diversity.

63. Senate Judiciary Approves Lipman Nomination -

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Jan. 16, approved the nomination of Memphis attorney Sheri Lipman to be the new U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

64. Senate Judiciary Approves Lipman Nomination -

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Jan. 16, approved the nomination of Memphis attorney Sheri Lipman to be the new U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

65. Designing the Medical Center for Creative Collisions -

The Memphis Medical Center near Downtown is currently in the midst of a significant building boom. Major new facilities by Southwest Tennessee Community College, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Bioworks Foundation are underway or nearing completion, joining successful hospitals, clinics, educational institutions and many other great small businesses.

66. Shankman-Cohn to Lead Interior Design Coalition -

Leslie Shankman-Cohn has been elected the 2014 president of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, a statewide coalition committed, through legislative and regulatory endeavors, to enhance and protect the right to practice interior design. Shankman-Cohn is a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors. She specializes in custom-designed furniture, space planning, furnishings and finishes specifications, universal design, Aging in Style and sustainable design issues.

67. Schools’ Marketing Intensifies as Choices Grow -

January is a busy month on the school choice front in Shelby County. The state of Tennessee has an open-enrollment policy within school districts that allows students in low-performing schools to attend a different school.

68. Luttrell: Financial ‘Perfect Storm’ Over -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell doesn’t see the storm he saw last year at about this time.

69. PRSA Memphis, Rossie Prep for Busy Year -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is kicking off what incoming chapter president Kim Speros Rossie is calling a busy 2014 by naming Beverly Robertson, outgoing president of the National Civil Rights Museum, as the 2014 recipient of the chapter’s Communicator of the Year Award.

70. Mississippi Lawmakers Face Long Agenda in 2014 Session -

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi lawmakers start their three-month session at noon Tuesday, and they face a long agenda. They'll write a budget, seek ways to control prison costs, debate education policy and argue about health care.

71. Ballpark Deal Back Before City Council -

Memphis City Council members are scheduled to pick up Tuesday, Jan. 7, where they left off last month in considering a proposal in which the city of Memphis would buy AutoZone Park and contribute toward improvements to the ballpark.

72. Will Surge of Older Workers Take Jobs From Young? -

CHICAGO (AP) – It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people.

One problem, many economists say: It isn't supported by a wisp of fact.

73. Consolidation Voting Case Still Complex in 3rd Year -

Three years after all the votes were counted in dual votes on an attempt to consolidate city and county governments, the federal lawsuit over the dual-vote requirement in state law continues.

And a look at the depositions and other written statements in the case file from the experts for each side shows the issues in the federal court case remain complex.

74. Hats in the Ring -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be seeking a second term as governor, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be running for re-election – both starting with the Aug. 7 statewide primaries that open for filing Friday, Jan. 3.

75. Bowling for Who-Knows-What -

On the day after Christmas, 1958, I turned 7. The next day, Ole Miss played Florida in the Gator Bowl. The only other bowl games then were Sugar, Orange, Rose, and Cotton – all played on New Year’s Day – plus Sun, Tangerine, and Bluegrass, played earlier. Eight in all.

76. Four Suburban Schools Superintendents Chosen -

As the Christmas holiday began, four of Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities have superintendents for their municipal school districts.

Bartlett Schools board members selected David Stephens as the superintendent of their school system Friday, Dec. 20, in a unanimous vote.

77. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first hike of the year Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m., starting at the visitors center, 1500 Mitchell Road. The 4-mile hike along the Discovery Trail will include a birds of prey program during the break. Cost is free; bring hiking shoes and water. Call 543-7581 or email michael.champagne@tn.gov.

78. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

79. Four Suburban Schools Superintendents Chosen -

As the Christmas holiday began, four of Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities have superintendents for their municipal school districts.

Bartlett Schools board members selected David Stephens as the superintendent of their school system Friday, Dec. 20, in a unanimous vote.

80. Events -

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church will host its Christmas Eve candlelight service Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. at the church, 8161 Germantown Road in Olive Branch. Visit firstcpchurch.org.

81. Events -

Blind Bear Speakeasy will hold a second anniversary party Monday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m. to Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 2 a.m. at Blind Bear, 119 S. Main St. The event will include live music, drink specials and giveaways. Visit blindbearmemphis.com.

82. Dickerson to Carry Tradition of Service as Young Lawyers Division President -

Jake Dickerson, associate with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, is the incoming 2014 president for the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association.

The division arranges and hosts continuing legal education seminars, networking events, pro bono opportunities and fundraisers such as the annual golf tournament benefiting the Porter Goodwill Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. MBA members 36 years or younger, or within their first three years of practice, are automatically members of the division.

83. Classroom Coding -

A movement is afoot to ensure the classroom of the future adds new science and technology-based pillars – like writing code – to traditional standbys like reading, writing and arithmetic.

84. Ex-Senate Staffer Appears in Court on Porn Charges -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The fired chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander made his first court appearance Thursday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Ryan Loskarn answered softly, "Yes, sir," when U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola asked Loskarn whether he understood that he was charged with serious offenses.

85. Scartozzi Named Sales Director at Hilton Memphis -

Heidi Scartozzi has joined the Hilton Memphis, managed by Davidson Hotels & Resorts, as director of sales. Scartozzi is a 15-year hospitality veteran, most recently serving as a regional director of sales for JQH Hotels and Resorts, servicing 13 hotels on the West Coast.

86. Stites & Harbison Brings Patent Expertise to Bioworks -

In an effort to enhance expertise in patent cases among U.S. district judges, the 10-year Patent Pilot Program went into effect assigning patent cases to 14 federal district courts in 2011. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee was one of those courts chosen.

87. Nominations Open for Dunavant Public Service Awards -

The 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards in 2014 will be awarded against a backdrop of the largest election ballot in Shelby County history.

The once-every-eight-year August ballot features not only county races held every four years but judicial offices for terms of eight years, U.S. Senate primaries and primaries in the governor’s race.

88. Urban Planner Whitehead Drawn to City Lights -

As planning director for the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Planning and Development, Josh Whitehead wears the hat of a mediator – a facilitator of wishes among government, private business, developers and citizens.

89. Literacy Focus -

For Shelby County Schools officials, there hasn’t been much time to wonder about the second part of the historic reformation of public education in Shelby County.

As members of the six suburban school boards were sworn in this month and agreements for school buildings and funding and settling the federal lawsuit were approved, Shelby County Schools board members were hearing the first details of what a new emphasis on literacy could look like in the 2014-2015 school year for the post-merger school system.

90. Lauries’ Gift Critical to University Campaign -

The new Loewenberg School of Nursing on the University of Memphis’ Park Avenue campus is already taking shape as 2013 comes to an end.

And more changes for a campus that has remained largely the same for a long time are certain to gain momentum with this week’s announcement of a $10 million gift by Bill and Nancy Laurie to University of Memphis athletics.

91. Real Estate Trends in Focus at ULI Seminar -

Local and national real estate experts will gather Dec. 10 to discuss real estate trends and forecast what awaits the industry in 2014.

ULI Memphis, the local district council of the Urban Land Institute, is hosting its annual Mid-South Real Estate Outlook, featuring the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014 report and a panel discussion on the outlook for Memphis-area real estate.

92. Events -

Small Business Saturday will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at participating small businesses across Memphis. The nationwide event includes retailers, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues and more. Visit shopsmall.com for a list of participating businesses.

93. Real Estate Trends in Focus at ULI Seminar -

Local and national real estate experts will gather Dec. 10 to discuss real estate trends and forecast what awaits the industry in 2014.

ULI Memphis, the local district council of the Urban Land Institute, is hosting its annual Mid-South Real Estate Outlook, featuring the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014 report and a panel discussion on the outlook for Memphis-area real estate.

94. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir and the Delta Sigma Theta Memphis Alumnae Chapter will hold “Home for the Holidays: A Housing and Economic Empowerment Collaborative” Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The event will include a small-business resource center, legal clinic, Homebuyer’s Corner, H.O.M.E. financial literacy and budgeting workshop, and more. Visit memphisalumnaedst.org.

95. Early Voting Turnout Tops 7,500 -

Early voting in the last elections of 2013 in Shelby County ended Saturday, Nov. 16, with more than 7,500 Memphians casting early votes in the citywide referendum on a half percent sales tax hike.

Of the 7,624 voters, 1,093 voted in the special general election for Tennessee House District 91, the other race on the Memphis ballot within a smaller area of Memphis.

96. Early Advantage -

Talk, touch, read and play.

These four words focused on early childhood development have helped to shape the mission of the Urban Child Institute for the past four years, and now they are traveling beyond the building and into the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. The important message bears repeating and repetition in creating bright young minds, and the institute is focused on spreading the word as far and wide as possible – starting with their kiosk-like exhibition, “The Early Advantage.”

97. Lipman Meets With Judiciary Committee -

Memphis attorney Sheri Lipman appeared Wednesday, Nov. 13, before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which is reviewing her nomination by President Barack Obama to become the newest U.S. District judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

98. Lipman Meets with Judiciary Committee -

Memphis attorney Sheri Lipman appeared Wednesday, Nov. 13, before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

99. Highland McDonald’s Proposal Withdrawn -

The developers behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis withdrew their request for approval from the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Nov. 14.

The developers, Century Management Inc., have withdrawn their plan completely after initially signaling they were withdrawing for 30 days.

100. Haiku With Cartoon Twist -

HOT SPRINGS, ARK. – “Old Pond” cartoonist / big hit at haiku Hot Springs: / Jessica Tremblay.

November rolls in with hints of summer and winter. Autumn’s colors dot the hillsides surrounding historic Bathhouse Row. Amid falling leaves a dozen and a half haiku versifiers, from Boston to Memphis to Plano to Vancouver, descend upon the Arlington Hotel.